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Former Presidential Candidate Tells Educated Dreamer To Go To Another Country

On a recent episode of CNN’s “Messy Truth,” anxious Dreamer Elizabeth Vilchis shared concerns that she could be deported when Trump becomes president in January.

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“I will lose my career – my career will come to an end – if [DACA] ends. And I will also potentially be labeled for deportation,” Vilchis told Messy Truth panelists, which consisted of CNN pundit Van Jones, Ana Navarro, and former Senator Rick Santorum.

As a Dreamer, Vilchis is one of the more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country when they were minors.

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Vilchis was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when she was seven years old. Because of the DACA program, which protect people in situations similar to Vilchis’, she was able to get her degree in mechanical engineering, and has spent the past decade helping students enter careers in engineering.

After explaining her story to the panelists, Vilchis asked, “How would you advise someone like me for planning their future?”

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For anyone in her situation, this question could provide people very helpful insights on how they can protect themselves in the coming months. However, former Senator Rick Santorum’s answer was anything but helpful.

“You have the ability to go to any other country right now and apply those wares and be successful and then reapply to come back to America if you so choose.”

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In short: don’t let the door hit you on the way out. That was the response from former Senator Rick Santorum, effectively telling Vilchis to look elsewhere for  work. If Vilchis was deported, the process to return to the U.S. for her specifically could take up to 10 yearswhich would undo everything she’s worked for.

Santorum’s response drew outrage on social media.

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How does turning away educated, productive members of society benefit the U.S.?

As an engineer, Vilchis is working in a field that is very necessary to for an economy’s health. However, over the last several years, the U.S. has seen a marked decline in students looking for careers in this field.

Those who have followed Santorum’s career know that this is par for course.

On the positive side, Trump has claimed he is willing to “work something out” for people in Vilchis’ situation.

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Keep in mind that Trump has also appointed a climate change denier to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a man who opposes minimum wage increases as secretary of labor, and an unqualified man as secretary of housing and urban development. So leaning on Trump’s word might not be the most responsible approach to long term life plans.

If there’s one thing to take away from this, it’s the compassionate words Ana Navarro had for Elizabeth Vilches.

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“You’ve got to tell your story, and change and affect public opinion. Because your stories are beautiful. They’re the stories of the American dream.”

Afterward, Navarro tweeted more words of encouragement.

Watch the entire exchange here.

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Abby Huntsman Will Be Departing ‘The View’ With Ana Navarro As A Potential Replacement

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Abby Huntsman Will Be Departing ‘The View’ With Ana Navarro As A Potential Replacement

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One of ABC’s “The View” co-hosts, Abby Huntsman, 33, announced on Monday that she is leaving her role on the long-running daytime talk show. Huntsman, a former Fox News personality and moderate voice on this show, says that her departure is due to her desire to help her father, former U.S. ambassador to Russia ambassador Jon Huntsman, with his campaign for Utah governor. Her role on her father’s campaign will be as a senior advisor. 

Huntsman joined the “The View” at the start of Season 22 in September 2018, with the show currently in its 23rd season. She is expected to have final appearance on Friday, Jan. 17. In a memo obtained by Fox News that was also sent to staffers, Huntsman said her time on the “iconic” show needed to come to an end in order to support her father.

“After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for Governor of Utah,” Huntsman wrote in a memo to staff. “You know I think the world of all of you … ABC will always hold a special place in my heart, and so will all of you.”

The announcement comes as a surprise to some who didn’t see the departure coming so abruptly. Yet sources say Huntsman leaving was a long time coming after feuding with Meghan McCain and “toxic” atmosphere on the set.

“We have some bittersweet news to share. Abby Huntsman is leaving ‘The View’ to help run her father’s campaign for Governor of Utah and to spend more time with her young family. As you will see in her note below, she made the tough decision to move on over the holiday break,” producers wrote to “View” staff members. 

Yet, there is a lot of rumors and sources commenting on why Huntsman really is leaving “The View” with many pointing at a strained relationship with controversial Meghan McCain, the show’s lone conservative voice. But according to Page Six, their entire vibe on the show started to be “toxic” and it was attributed to how ABC treated Huntsman. 

“It’s an unhealthy environment — just the way that things are handled during shows and how people deal with each other. It’s intense,” a source told Page Six. “ABC treated Abby like s–t, but everyone on the show gets treated like s–t,” the source added. “She was smart enough to do something about it.

There was also dissatisfaction coming from viewers about Huntsman not bringing much to the table in terms of engagement. According to the DailyMail, show researchers found that viewers found her ‘bland’ and “didn’t feel that she had a clear point of view.”

 “Abby was added to the show without chemistry-testing with the other women mainly because she had a prior relationship with Meghan McCain and ABC was desperate to make Meghan appear more likeable.”

According to sources that spoke to the DailyMail, ABC already has someone in mind to take the seat: frequent guest co-host Ana Navarro. 

Sources tell the Dailymail that Huntsman’s departure couldn’t have come at a better time as ABC is looking to hire frequent guest co-host Ana Navarro to take her seat. Navarro would join McCain as the lone Republican voices on the show. The source says that the combo of Navarro and McCain is something a national audience would be able to handle considering the two have previously worked together. 

‘It’s no secret, the audience loves Ana. Whoopi, Joy and Sunny love Ana,’ the source said. ‘The producers love Ana. Giving her more days would be a no-brainer for sure. But since ABC News has taken over The View, the right thing is rarely done anymore, which is why the turnover rate on this show post-Barbara is so high.”

But there is still a lot of questions left to be answered including how Navarro would be able to be a permanent co-host considering she lives in Miami. “The View” films its show in New York City which would mean that Navarro, who is a newlywed, would have to split time in both cities. 

To date, ABC has not confirmed or commented if Navarro would be hired to replace Huntsman. 

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‘Project Runway’ Contestant Alan Gonzalez Is A DACA Beneficiary Fighting To Be America’s Next Best Fashion Designer

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‘Project Runway’ Contestant Alan Gonzalez Is A DACA Beneficiary Fighting To Be America’s Next Best Fashion Designer

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Project Runway debuted it’s 18th season this past week. The fashion reality show, looked quite different this year with the departure of longtime host Heidi Klum and beloved mentor Tim Gunn. In fact, only judge Nina Garcia remained of the reality competition show’s original staples. Supermodel Karlie Kloss filled Klum’s high heels, while former “Project Runway” champion and current fashion powerhouse Christian Siriano took up Gunn’s helm as a mentor to the designers. One of the contestants is Alan Gonzalez, a Mexican-American fashion designer from Houston, Texas who is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.

Houston might be getting another “Project Runway” winner this season.

It’s been 15 years since a Houstonian stole the spotlight at “Project Runway.” Texas-native Chloe Dao won top honors in season 2 of the fashion show, way back in 2004. Now another Houstonian is following in her footsteps. 

Alan Gonzalez is one of the 16 contestants who is hoping to take home the top designer prize. 

The 25-year-old designer got off to a rocky start as the judges dissed his work. However, he did get a lot of air time to show his ability and fast quip, and we’re ready to become his fans. 

Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, Gonzales represents so many Latinos living in the U.S.

Gonzalez was born in Mexico and immigrated to Houston from the northern city of Monterrey when he was only 3 years old. He was 15 when his father was deported, leaving his mother a single parent of two alone in Houston. In high school, he started to develop an interest in fashion, and he designed his best friend’s prom dress.

Gonzalez decided to pursue his love of fashion and make a career of it.

Gonzalez entered the fashion design program at Houston Community College in 2012 and after graduation, he launched a label called Alantude. “So much attitude, it’s Alantude,” reads his Instagram bio. His line is inspired by strong women with the most inspiration coming from his mother, the strongest woman he knows. Alantude is a mix of clean lines and pops of color, just enough to draw the right amount of attention to his customer. His ultimate goal is to become a household name and to empower women everywhere. Here’s a fun fact, his hometown has officially proclaimed Nov. 7, “Alan Gonzalez Day.”

Not only is there one, but there are two Latino designers participating in “Project Runway” this season. 

‘Celestino’ Sergio Guadarrama, a 36-year-old designer from Austin, Texas is another Texan in the running for the best fashion designer. His designs are ethereal, celestial; a place in fashion where regal grandeur intersects with modern sophistication, his very own name ‘Celestino’ fits his celestial clothes very aptly.

Sergio “CELESTINO” Guadarrama is one half of the duo behind the label. 

Celestino and Kade Johnson together, create the world of CELESTINO with precisely crafted, eco-conscious and fashion-forward women’s and men’s collections. Sergio and Kade pride themselves in using their creations to convey messages that inspire others to take a stand for social causes. They embrace the culture of the LGBTQ+ community and aspire to be positive role models within the fashion industry. They make a conscious effort as a company to be inclusive to all individuals regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, and donate time and a portion of their profits to humanitarian organizations.

Celestino Couture’s designs are so show-stopping, they’re already recognized in the couture scene. 

Just this year, Broadway star Billy Porter wore custom Celestino to the Tony Awards. The “Pose” star’s custom red velvet look, created by Celestino Couture, was described by the designer as a “gender-fluid evening suit.” It shimmered with over 30,000 Swarovski crystals. It had another layer of significance as well since it was made from a salvaged curtain backdrop from the Broadway production of “Kinky Boots,” for which Porter won the 2013 Tony for best actor in a musical.

Sergio Guadarrama and Alan Gonzalez are both gifted Mexican-American visionaries, and their stories represents many of us. 

Our cultures transcend current borders, and to see Latinos make space for themselves in an industry that lacks diversity and representation makes us beyond proud.

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